Cline Family Cellars is a family-owned and operated winery in Sonoma, California, focused on a passion for winemaking and ground-based.
Fred Cline founded Cline Family Cellars in 1982 in Oakley, California, producing his first vintages from Mourvedre, Zinfandel, and Carignane original plantations, some of which date back to the 1880s.
Fred acquired a 350-acre horse farm in Carneros in 1989 and moved the winery to the county of Sonoma. He started planting varieties, including a variety of vineyards devoted to Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne, as one of the original Rhone Rangers. Fred and his wife Nancy have continued to plant vineyards throughout Sonoma County since those first plantations, growing to include more traditional varieties such as Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Chardonnay.
Vineyards and farming practices
Cline Cellars is best known from Contra Costa County for the development of their "old vines." Charlie Tsegeletos is the head winemaker, who joined the operation in 2000. Mourvèdre, Carignane, Grenache, Palomino and Zinfandel plant the famous Oakley vineyards of the Cline. The age of the vines is between 80-120 years. In 1906 and 1925, about 42 acres of Carignane and Zinfandel vines were planted, and 14 acres of Mourvèdre vines date back to 1920. Contra Costa County's sandy soil is naturally phylloxera resistant. The Contra Costa County vineyards are all on their original rootstock, and newer plants have never been affected by the vine-eating aphid.
The winery has stated commitment to sustainability, and this devotion is expressed in their farming processes. When it installed 34,625 square feet of solar panels, it became the second largest winery in California that is entirely solar powered. Cline calls its farming practices Green String certified for its use of natural cover crops to feed soils, the practice of using sheep to remove weeds in the vineyards, and the use of fertilizer compost teas instead of petroleum equivalents.
The tasting room is located in a rustic 1850s farmhouse that is original to the property and is surrounded by six spring-fed ponds and thousands of rose bushes. The winery is open to the public daily for touring and tasting and a wine club is offered to interested parties.
California Missions Museum
In 2005, Nancy Cline opened the California Missions Museum on the property to honor the history and connection of the site to the Sonoma Mission. The museum was built to house a full set of California Mission models built for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exhibition by a team of German cabinet makers. In 1998, the Cline family rescued models from individual auctioning off of the California Mission and founded the museum for display. The museum also features a life-sized figure of Father Junipero Serra, mission paintings by Robert Morris and Henry Nelson, and two stained-glass panels originally housed in San Francisco's Mission Dolores prior to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The museum is open to the public daily and admission is free of charge.
This amazing landmark is located near the following parks in Brentwood, California:
Hannah Nicole Vineyards
Tamayo Family Vineyards
Blue Goose Park
Brentwood's CoCo County Wine Company
Sunset Park Athletic Complex
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